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I want to give the new scrolling behavior in Lion a try (both on the built-in as well as on the magic trackpad).

But on my Mouse (a Logitech Anywhere MX), I don't want reverse scrolling. In preferences, it seems as if there were two different settings (one in the mouse prefPane, the other in the trackpad prefPane), however changing one always changes the other.

Is it possible to set this behavior independently?

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I hope that someone like Logitech will come up with a mouse with switchable scroll wheel direction - even underneath the mouse, I would use it only once and then forget about it!!! – Walter Tross Jun 26 at 12:52

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Currently in Lion the preference for reverse scrolling sets the direction for both mice and trackpads.

If you want to switch directions quickly you might look into Scrollreverser which puts the option in the menubar.

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Scrollreverser (free app) actually supports configuring the scrolling direction for each kind of device separately.

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Free but closed-source. – moala Feb 4 '14 at 10:02
Scrollreverser is awesome. – Weibo Li Sep 30 '14 at 6:49

Another (paid) option is SteerMouse. I guess if Scrollreverser is free then it probably makes sense to go with that one, but years ago I bought SteerMouse and haven't had any problems with it. It has worked perfectly for me on Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan.

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